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And I have teh sadz….(ok, sort of…ok not really)

Yes, my candidate (Hillary Clinton) took a beating last night; that was a 60-38 beat down by Bernie Sanders. We saw that coming. And Trump won big, to the surprise of no one.

And I am scheduled to watch the Democratic debate at a sports bar…with Sanders supporters. That is fine, but a dear friend rejected my invitation to watch the debate with me. :-( (*)

And…I went to sleep 30 minutes earlier last night in hopes of getting 30 more minutes of sleep. The effect: I woke up 30 minutes earlier than normal.

Weight: 182.6 after swimming.

So I went to the Riverplex and swam 3100 yards: 2000 straight, 6 x (25 fly, 25 back), 4 x (25 catch up, 25 swim), 5 x 100 (alternate 100 pull, 100 swim), 100 side.
That took something out of me: weights:
rotator cuff
pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
bench: 10 x 135, 2 x 185, 2 x 185, 5 x 170
incline: 10 x 135
military: 3 sets of 10 x 40 dumbbell, (standing)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell (each arm)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, headstand, moving bridge.

Bradley basketball tonight.

(*) She is a conservative Republican so I asked her as a joke; ironically she is going to a yoga class instead. :-)

February 10, 2016 Posted by | Friends, swimming, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Running on empty (not a bad thing)

I’ve been tired lately, but not really run down. My sleep has been, well, too short. But I wake up..and can’t go back to sleep. I probably need to ignore the internet late in the evening.

So, I slept in a bit and skipped weights and only swam: (weight: 186 prior to swimming; I feared I would be “Moby Dick” after this weekend’s indiscretions)
500 free, 500 drill/free with fins, 5 x (100 pull, 100 free), 4 x 50 fly/back with fins.

Ok, I know that I have to stay with lifting so I squeezed in a mini lifting workout over lunch. The gym wasn’t as crowded as I feared it would be:

rotator cuff
pull ups (strong) 15-15-10-10
incline bench press: 10 x 135, 9 x 150 (wanted 10, dammit!) 10 x 135
military: 2 sets of 10 x 40 standing, 10 x 200 machine (100 each arm)
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110 machine
abs: twist crunches (2 sets of 12), yoga leg lifts (2 sets of 10), moving bridge, headstand (adding to the “eccentric professor” lore)

TMI: I’ve got something like a cold sore in my throat (tonsils) and have had it for a few days. I am recording this to see how it feels in a week or so. I don’t think that I am ill because workouts have been fine; about normal for me.

February 8, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Making the swim fun…

Ok, I stayed up too late watching Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate. I loved the debate; real differences were discusses and there were differences in both vision, approach and policy. Here was a good Fact Check: both candidates did ok. There were no egregious lies.

But I felt tired and run down prior to getting to the gym.

weights: rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (decent sets)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185 (risky), 9 x 170 (wanted 10, but the gym was empty and didn’t want to risk getting stuck, even with our bench having safety catches)
incline press: 10 x 140
military (dumbbells): 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 1 set of 10 x 40
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (dumbbell, each arm)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunches, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, head stand (got into it right away, but a little unsteady)

swim: 1000 easy, 5 x 100 drill/swim (fins), 5 x 100 (alt pull/swim), 2 x 100 IM

During the 1000, I noticed that Jason was gaining on me. Yeah, he is 15 years younger and runs a 3:12 marathon and 23:xx for 4 miles. So he has a better “aerobic engine” than I have. I was faster in the water last year, but as his form improved, the predictable happened.

Well, dammit…I wasn’t going to let him catch me today and when I touched the wall just a few seconds before he could catch me, I did a fist pump! :-)

February 5, 2016 Posted by | Friends, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Morning quickie and a goodbye

Got up early to take my wife to the bus; she is off to Central America and not due to return until the 28’th of February.
So that gave me a “late start” at the gym. No matter; I had 20 minutes of weights:

pull ups: 15-10-10-10-5
rotator cuff (dumbbell)
military presses: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported (dumbbell), 10 x 200 (100 each arm) machine
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (dumbbell)
abs (leg lifts, twist crunches, 2 sets each)

swim: 500 easy, 5 x 100 drill/swim with fins.
1000 alternating 100 pull, 100 free (chased Jason for a bit)
2 x 100 IM

Basketball: Bradley Basketball had a bizarre game against Missouri State. They failed to make a basket for the first 11:30 of the game and trailed 22-4 (4 free shots)
Then then rallied to pull to 37-35 in the second half only to trail 60-48, and then rallied again to cut it to 73-71 with 42 seconds to go. They lost 76-71, but at least turned it into an entertaining game.

Yeah, I know, I am sounding like a Bernie Sanders supporter (crowing about a closer than expected loss). And yes, Missouri State probably got complacent with a big lead. But BU at least looked like a MVC team for the final 25 minutes of the game.

February 3, 2016 Posted by | basketball, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Another “workout and basketball post”

Yes, I watched the Republican debate last night and talked about it on Facebook. But it was mostly “Obama sucks, Hillary will be just as bad and we need to spend more money on the military to beat ISIS which is coming to get us”. Fear sells with Republicans. But there was no Trump. Perhaps this was like the wildcard round of the Republican play-offs?

Workout notes: weights then swimming.
rotator cuff
pull ups: 15, 15, 10, 10 (great!)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (good!)
military presses (dumbbell) 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine (4 sets total)
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, head stand.

swim: mundane. 500 free, 5 x 100 drill/swim with fins, 4 x (100 pull, 100 swim), 4 x 100 IM

Afterward I had “the glow” in my shoulders ..I wore a sweatshirt to help keep it for a while.
Now I am into the academic routine with grading, etc. I am still feeling out some research; one sort of “college math journal” type project and one “specialty” project.

Iowa
Polls and election markets aren’t as reliable for state races as they are for national, and they sure aren’t that telling for something like a primary caucus. I honestly don’t know what to expect in Iowa on either side.

usodds29jan

The bookies have Trump and Clinton as favorites in Iowa…but again, we shall see.

January 30, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , , , | Leave a comment

Trump to skip the Fox debate and…

Workout notes: weights then swimming; I was 185.0 prior to swimming.
rotator cuff
pull ups (5 sets of 10)
incline presses: 10 x 135, 10 x 150, 10 x 135
dumbbell military: 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported (tough), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 single arm.
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunch, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, moving bridge, headstand

swim: 1000 free, 500 of drill/free (fins) 5 x 100 of pull-free-pull-free-pull
2 x 100 IM

I’ve got that glow…

Post: Trump doesn’t like the moderator so he’ll skip the debate. Good move or not? This is an interesting take.

January 27, 2016 Posted by | politics, swimming, weight training | , , | Leave a comment

Getting Stronger?

I am not sure as to what is going on, but my running is getting better and I am getting physically stronger. Physically this is the best I’ve felt in months. I don’t understand it; I am as big of a head case as I’ve ever been.

Weights: rotator cuff,
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (reasonably good)
bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 185, 10 x 170 (strong)
incline press: 10 x 135
military press (dumbbell), 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated (supported), 10 x 40 standing
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 50 (each arm) dumbbell.
abs: 2 sets of 12 twist crunches, 2 sets of 10 yoga leg lifts, headstand (had to focus)

Swim: 500 easy, 5 x 100 alt drill/swim (fins), 5 x 100 IM on 2:30 (UGLY), 100 back, 100 side, 50 back, 50 side, 4 x 100 alt pull, free.

Note: while swimming, a professor was gaining on me during my first set. So I sped up to try to stay ahead; and when I touched the wall ahead of him I was all like ALL RIGHT!!!!! :-)

In the weight room, I was standing between sets with a downward gaze (as usual) and my eyes caught the legs of someone else. I was just kind of lost and staring downward and was startled to find that the owner of those legs was smiling and waving at me. I acknowledged her; I have to remember to pay attention.

January 25, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | Leave a comment

Busy and Bored; right and wrong challenges

Workout notes weights then swimming. Weight: 186.0 on the doctor’s scale after swimming.
WEights:
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 with rotator cuff exercises
incline: 10 x 135, 8 x 150, 8 x 145
military (dumbbell), 2 sets of 12 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 40 standing
rows (dumbbell) 2 sets of 10 x 50, 10 x 110 machine
abs and headstand: headstand was easier than Wednesday, but still not easy to get into

Swim: 500, 5 x 100 (alt. 25 3g, 25 swim fins), 5 x (100 pull, 100 free), 4 x 100 (alt 100 back, 100 side), 2 x 100 IM, 50 back (2650 overall)

Life: the job, well, I continue to enjoy the student interacting and even the lesson preparation. But there are tasks which are both time consuming and boring at the same time.

My issue: I don’t have a goal. I don’t have a planned athletic goal and I don’t have one or two specific problems that I am currently sinking my teeth into. I’ve got to do something about that and I do have some ideas to look at. Now I just have to do it.

Oh, I can find challenges all right, but not all challenges are healthy ones or are good for me. Some are self destructive.

So it isn’t enough to “feed the focus”; I need to FIND a focus that is good for me.

January 23, 2016 Posted by | Personal Issues, swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Swimming and weights

I decided to lift and then swim (7 am session) at the university.

What I noticed: this past month of swimming more has made me stronger. (weight: 187 on the doctor’s scale)
weights: rotator cuff
pull ups: 5 sets of 10 (reasonably strong)
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 185 (lost concentration), 10 x 170 (good!)
incline press: 10 x 140
military press (dumbbell) 2 sets of 12 x 50 seated, supported, 10 x 40 standing
rows; 2 sets of 10 x 50 dumbbell, 10 x 110 machine
abs: twist crunch, moving bridge, yoga leg lifts
yoga head stand (took me a bit to get into it today; my mind is filled with useless BS)

swim: 500 easy, 5 x 100 alt drill/swim, 5 x (100 pull, 100 free), 4 x (25 fly, 25 back) for 2200.

Jason kicked my ass in the pool today; I’ve got to do something about that!

Note: my mind is full of useless nonsense. I need to remember this. I have no time to waste on fantasy.

ineedthis

January 20, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | | Leave a comment

Riverplex Interactions

Swimming and lifting today:

Swim: 1000 free, 4 sets of 5 x 100 on 2:10 (alternate fist/free, 25 catch up, 75 free, 3g, 75 free, 25 fly, 75 free), 100 back (slowly)
lifting: rotator cuff, pull ups (5 sets of 10), bench press: 10 x 135, 1 x 185, 7 x 170, 10 x 155, incline press: 7 x 135 (tired), dumbbell military (standing) 3 sets of 10 x 40, 3 sets of 10 rows
abs (twist crunch, yoga leg lifts..2 sets..with moving bridge recoveries, headstand)

Swimming: of course, swimmers congregate in pools and so I am usually next to someone. As I was warming up, a faster swimmer was doing intervals and she was gaining. I told myself DON’T TRY TO RACE HER..going to fast in warm ups always hurts my workout. But I admit that I did breathe to her side as she passed me…I got a great look as she drew next to me (thanks to prescription goggles) and that took the some of the pain away. :-)

Lifting: I finish with headstand and, though I was shaky going up, some bespandexed lady said “you got it” as I was getting into it. She put her mat next to mine in the stretching area. As I got out and got up she smiled at me and said “hi”..we exchanged greetings. She was wearing a tie-dye top so I suspect she might be a yoga teacher or at least practice. :-)

But having a “community” in the gym is what keeps many of us going. I know that I look forward to a little social interaction with the “regulars”, and I am as introverted as they come.

Now..ready to start my lesson plans.

January 18, 2016 Posted by | swimming, weight training | , | Leave a comment

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